AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO MAINTAIN AND RELEASE CERTAIN INFORMATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW.
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to expand forthwith the placement options for children, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 51E of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “board”, in line 5, the following words:- , the child welfare agencies of other states for the purpose of assisting said child welfare agency in determining whether to approve a prospective foster or adoptive parent,.
SECTION 2. Said section 51E of said chapter 119, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “last”, in line 18, the following words:- ; provided, however, that the department may retain information on unsubstantiated reports to assist in future risk and safety assessments of children and families and may release said information to the child welfare agencies of other states upon request of said child welfare agency for the purpose of assisting said child welfare agency in determining whether to approve a prospective foster or adoptive parent.
Approved January 11, 2008